7 September 2023

Chaplain's Corner

Chaplain's Corner
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In this, our centenary year, our speaker at the annual William Carey Middle School Assembly was former Tranter student and current parent, Baptist pastor the Rev. Derek Bradshaw.

Derek spoke to staff and students about the not-for-profit social enterprise that began in Warrandyte, Now and Not Yet. Derek invited all in attendance to reflect on these words of William Carey: ‘I am not afraid of failure; I am afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter’. Hopefully each of us have and will continue to reflect on our own priorities and with God’s help are able to say that wherever possible we have spent our time attempting and expected great things for and from God and those around us.

If you’d like to read a reflection on the Senior School William Carey Assembly from one of our alumni and past staff members, David Morgan OAM (1961), you can do so here.

Next term several staff will be on various forms of leave and we hope all goes well. In particular, hopefully Michael and Sally Nelson won’t have to change any tyres on the side of the hot road during their journey around some of the remote parts of northern Australia. We look forward to hearing about your travels.

As we look to the changes in routines that will come to many in just a few days, a particular note of thanks needs to be extended to all members of the Carey Middle School Student Representative Council. They have worked very hard to strengthen the Middle School community and to raise funds for important Carey causes this term.

Over the next few weeks, may the following prayer, that draws in part on the William Carey Chapel prayer, help us shape our decision making this and every day.

Let us pray.
Loving God, hallowed and respected be your name;

in recreation God be in our limbs and in all our leisure.
Loving God, hallowed and respected be your name;
in commerce, God be at our desk and in all our trading.
Loving God, hallowed and respected be your name;
in the home, God be in our heart and in all our loving.
Loving God, hallowed and respected be your name;
in education, God be in our mind and in all our growing.
Loving God, the source of life and health,
please continue to guide, strengthen
and encourage each one of us this and every day.

Loving God, may the example of how Jesus interacted
with you and with others shape our expectations of you
and our attempts to do great things,
particularly for you and for those in need. Amen.

Finally, if any member of the chaplaincy team can be of assistance over the holiday break, please don’t hesitate to contact us by our school email addresses.

Take care and God bless.

Rev. Scott Bramley
Middle School Chaplain


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